The Saint Martin's University Learning Garden

April 22, 2014
Harned Hall, room 110


6:30 p.m. Panel introduction

7:15 p.m. Screening
(Growing Cities - 97 min.)

8:30 p.m. Panel Q and A

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Eating well: local farming, sustainability and food justice

From an upswell of urban farms and community gardens to a call for rethinking whole food access in low-income neighborhoods and the elimination of soft drinks in school cafeterias, food justice is a movement that seeks to transform the current American food system from the ground up.

Join Robert Hauhart and Irina Gendelman as they welcome Thurston County-based food sustainability leaders Katie Rains from GRuB, Fred Colvin from Colvin Ranch, T.J. Johnson from Sustainable South Sound and Sue Ujcic from Helsing Junction Farm as they discuss their roles in local food production and how their work contributes to sustainability and equitable food production.

Dcoumentary Growing Cities

The evening will include a screening of Growing Cities: A film about urban farming in America, a documentary by Nebraskan filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette. The film follows Susman and Monbouguette as they travel across America meeting "men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time."

About the panelists

Katie Rains, GRuB
Katie is the Executive Director of GRuB. As the former ED of the WA Free Clinic Association, she comes to GRuB with a background in health issues, which bring a new richness and relevance to GRuB’s work. Katie is local to Olympia and familiar with the community and the issues we’re facing (she took part in last year’s Thurston County Food Summit). She has a longstanding passion for GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project with its focus on prevention and community-building and has been a volunteer garden-builder for years and member of the KGP Leadership Team.

Fred Colvin, Colvin Ranch
Fred Colvin operates Colvin Ranch, his family owned and operated cattle ranch located in south Thurston County, Washington, near the small town of Tenino. The ranch was homesteaded by Ignatius Colvin, who came to Washington on the Oregon Trail in 1851 from Boone County, Missouri, and is one of the oldest ranches in the county still owned by the original family.

Five generations later, the Colvin Ranch family heritage continues through our humane livestock handling, stewardship of the land and sustainable grazing practices that allow native and endangered plants to flourish along side our high-quality, all natural cattle.

TJ Johnson, Sustainable South Sound
TJ is a former union organizer and shop steward who established and ran a successful bed and breakfast, was a founder and long-time president of the Upper Eastside Neighborhood Association, and served as a citizen representative on several city advisory committees. He’s a past member of Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) Board of Directors, and the founder of Beyond Hiroshima, a grassroots anti-nuclear education and advocacy organization. He was a featured speaker at the 2006 Japan Peace Conference, and a member of the World Peace Forum International Advisory Committee. In 2006, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility awarded him the prestigious Paul Beeson Peace Prize for “his extraordinary leadership towards a world free of nuclear weapons and war”. TJ also served six years on the Olympia City Council, chairing the Finance Committee and the Intercity Transit Authority, and was a passionate advocate for a more sustainable community and a more peaceful world.”

Sue Ujcic, Helsing Junction Farm
Susan Ujcic is co-founder, along with Annie Salafsky, of Helsing Junction Farm. Both are graduates of The Evergreen State College and have deep roots in agriculture. The farm began as a 75 member CSA and over the years has slowly expanded to its current size of 1200 shareholders. The partnership between Annie and Sue has grown to include their families as well as the families of the people who work with them. It’s a group effort now, with great pride taken in the health and fertility of the soil as well as the beauty of the produce grown.

This event is hosted by Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., on behalf of the Harvie Lecture Series, with the collaboration and support of Associate Professor Irina Gendelman, the SMU Learning Garden, and the SMU Women's Studies Program.

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